by Holly Crawford
THE NEW WALDORF ASTORIA MALDIVES ITHAAFUSHI will soon welcome guests to the heart of the South Malé Atoll. The all-villa resort spans three islands, providing secluded enclaves and a tranquil escape located just 30 minutes from Malé International Airport via the resort’s private yacht.
The resort boasts 122 luxurious villas, each equipped with a pool and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. Each reef, beach and overwater villa opens onto an indoor and outdoor deck featuring a swinging daybed, dining gazebo, an infinity pool, in-water lounge and an outdoor shower. In line with Waldorf Astoria’s legacy of culinary expertise, the resort offers 11 exceptional, specialty-dining venues. For those seeking the ultimate in exclusivity, the Ithaafushi Private Island features a two-bedroom overwater villa as well as a three-bedroom beach villa.
The 32,000-square-foot island sanctuary – accessible by yacht – comes complete with a dedicated chef and personal concierge team, as well as its own spa, gym, five swimming pools, entertainment centre and beaches. Bookings from July 1, 2019.